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Arts and Entertainment

In a Park for Free: Shakes, Theatre Treasure Hunt, Jazz Tap Ensemble

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The Jazz Tap Ensemble will play at Santa Monica City Hall's front lawn tomorrow.

It's always a good weekend to go enjoy free...

Did you say puppets? We like puppets.

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"Titus the Clownicus" - In the hands of The Actors' Gang, Shakespeare's bloodiest and most macabre drama (Titus Andronicus) becomes rip-roaring family fare. Titus the Clownicus is leader of the Red Nose Army. He returns home with his entourage of clowns and puppets victorious after defeating the Green Noses in the Battle of the Clowns, but immediately sets off to avenge the deaths of his sons, and the clown wars escalate.

Details and more events after the jump...

August 11 through September 2
Saturdays at 11 am: August 11, 18, 25; September 1
Sundays at 11 am: August 12, 19, 26; September 2

Media Park
(next to The Ivy Substation)
9070 Venice Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90230
(corner of Culver and Venice)

Fun Fact: While The Ivy Substation and Media Park are run and maintained by the City of Culver City, the actual property is within the city limits of Los Angeles.

365 Days/365 Plays at MacArthur Park

Put on by The Smart Gals, their experience begins at Mama's Hot Tamales, a nonprofit organization that has been elemental in the MacArthur Park's restoration. Come to Mama's, read the plays (don't fret, they're short), get a map, then set out across the street to find our incognito installations in MacArthur Park, an under served and underused public space. They hope that in you trying to find the plays, you will discover the park. You may want to bring some cash to ride the paddle boats, and of course some tamale money.

Saturday August 11
10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm

Sunday, August 12
10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm

Mama's will extend a generous 25% discount to all who arrive by public transit, www.mta.net, or by bike. More on 365 Days/365 Plays here.

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Jazz on the Lawn

The Jazz Tap Ensemble is dedicated to two great American traditions - tap dancing and jazz music. Hailed as leaders in the renaissance of tap, this outstanding company will present two dancers and three musicians from the ensemble whose virtuoso dancing and musicality will simply blow you away. Under the direction of artistic director Lynn Dally, these amazing artists will display the spirited creativity and spontaneity that make the Ensemble one of Southern California's most prestigious dance companies.

Sunday, August 12 @ 4:00 p.m.

Santa Monica City Hall Lawn
1685 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Free parking is available after 4:00 pm at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium at 1855 Main Street and on the streets surrounding City Hall. This is part of the Jazz on the Lawn series.

Photo by Omar Omar via Flickr